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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Looking Beyond : Puerto Princesa Palawan

Before anything else, let me tell you something about Palawan specifically Puerto Princesa Palawan. According to VisitPuertoPrincesa.com, Puerto Princesa has a total land area of 253,982 hectares which made it the largest City in the Philippines. When people hear about Puerto Princesa, the first thing that comes to their mind was Underground River which became one of the new 7 wonders of Nature.

Before entering Underground River
Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park or Underground River as stated in the website of new 7 wonders of nature, it is located in Saint Paul Mountain Range on the western coast of the island. It is popular because of the rock formation inside of it. As we enter the place, the tour guide explained and pointed out the formations through the use of flashlights. Entering that place made as appreciate the beauty of Stalagmites and Stalactites.

Outside Underground River
Underground River

But Puerto Princesa has more to offer than just the Underground River.

Here are the 4 things that I enjoyed about Puerto Princesa Palawan.

1. Food in KaLui Restaurant
When traveling to different places, we always want to taste delicious food. KaLui Restaurant was my favorite of all the restaurant we visited in Palawan. They served delicious foods with lots of variation. One more awesome thing about this place was their interior. It is artsy with all the paintings on the walls and also the native feels of the place, it has the concept of Bahay Kubo. And you can only enter this place barefoot, like a local home.
KaLui Restaurant's Interior
2. Sabang Zipline
It is 800 meters long and 150 ft above sea level. At first, I am hesitant to try it because it seems scary. But when it's my turn to ride and for the first few seconds, I'd start to appreciate the beauty of the nature 150ft above sea level. It is a must try in Palawan!

Sabang Zipline (Photo credits: travelmagma.com)

3. White Beaches
One of the favorite things people love to do in beaches was to take photos. Clear blue water plus fine white sand plus natural light = perfect pictures! Water activities like snorkeling is a must try in beaches with clear water to see the beauty below.

Cowrie Island & Starfish Island

4. Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm
This place made me realize that not every place should be appreciated through its physical or outside appearance. We should learn to look beyond and appreciate the beauty inside. Because in this place I met people who used to be the bad ones, but when they started talking it seems that they are more than so-called "inmates". These minimum security inmates are not locked up behind the bars instead they are living in dormitories in which they are making crafts and took care of the penal farm. They perform in front of us, and they also sell crafts which they made to gain profit. We even took pictures for souvenirs, cool people.

Iwahig inmates

Iwahig Prison || Picture with Iwahig inmates

These are only a few things I love about my trip. Travelling is always fun but trips are better when you're with people whom you want to create memories that you'll cherish forever. In a place where everything seems amazing with the nicest & happiest people in the world. Visit Palawan! Visit the Philippines!

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